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Town and Villages in Rhondda Cynon Taf

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Whether you prefer to meander around small craft or gift shops, browse traditional markets or shop til you drop at larger stores, our town centres have it all.

Pontypridd and Aberdare have bustling markets and there old-fashioned main streets in Treorchy, Tonypandy and Porth.

Llantrisant offers crafts and culture, and there’s a warm welcome in the cafes and small shops streets of Mountain Ash and Ferndale, all of them set in dramatic countryside with fantastic walks and tourist attractions only minutes away.


Unlike other valley towns, Aberdare spreads across a broad vale with an open aspect. Home to over 35,000 people and known as the Queen of the Valleys, Aberdare is a busy shopping town which combines an eventful history with a grand scenic setting.

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At 300 metres above sea-level, Ferndale in the Rhondda Fach is the highest town in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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In 1346 the archers of Llantrisant serving under Edward Prince of Wales rendered invaluable service to the English King in his wars against the French.

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Mountain Ash

Like other valley communities, Mountain Ash owes its existence to the coal boom of the nineteenth century, becoming a sizeable town within a very short period of time.

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Nestling at the foot of steep, wooded slopes where the River Rhondda joins the River Taff, Pontypridd is a bustling, traditional market town, a place of curiosities and characters which also happens to be home to the 16,000 students of the University of Glamorgan.

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In Welsh, Porth means "gateway", and standing at the confluence of the rivers Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach, Porth is at one and the same time the gateway to the Rhondda and the narrow portal which gives access for the two historic valleys to the great world outside.

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The name of Tonypandy, which actually means the "pasture of the fulling mill" has gone down in history as the place where striking miners, faced with starvation wages, rioted in 1910, leading Winston Churchill, then Home Secretary, to send in the Army.

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The name of Treorchy is indelibly linked the World over with the famous Treorchy Male Voice Choir, and indeed this town, the only one in the Rhondda ever to host the National Eisteddfod, can truly claim to be the cultural capital of Fawr and Fach, with the award winning Parc & Dare Brass band, a Choral Society and the Park and Dare Theatre all based in the town.

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